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Bluetooth remote control rolls for in-car apps

Posted: 14 Nov 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth? remote control? automotive application?

BlueCore TouchLITE

CSR has announced the availability of the BlueCore TouchLITE, a Bluetooth remote control development kit for automotive use.

BlueCore TouchLITE allows manufacturers to include a Bluetooth remote control for navigation systems, in-car multimedia devices and MP3 players with little additional cost or development time. Unlike traditional IR remotes, Bluetooth requires no line of sight, supports multiple button presses, the range is increased up to 30m and several target devices can be easily supported. Most importantly BlueCore TouchLITE supports Bluetooth v2.1, allowing two single batteries to last more than 500 days in a typical usage scenario.

BlueCore TouchLITE benefits from such Bluetooth v2.1 features as sniff-subrating, which provides products with the lowest power consumption and latency when connected. In Sniff mode (or Stand-by), The TouchLITE remote control consumes only 0.1mA of current.

Based on CSR's BlueCore silicon, the BlueCore TouchLITE development kit comes complete with an easy-to-use, fully documented hardware example design, Bluetooth software stack, Bluetooth profile suite, and example application software.

"BlueCore TouchLITE makes it easy for manufacturers to include a Bluetooth remote control in automotive applications," said Rafik Jallad, VP of the automotive business unit at CSR. "With so many in-car devices already including Bluetooth it makes sense to have a Bluetooth remote control as well. Bluetooth v2.1 brings down power consumption while at the same time keeping all Bluetooth features. We expect to see a lot of exciting products using TouchLITE and Bluetooth v2.1 in 2009."

The example application running on CSR's BlueLab development environment allows users to customize the software features and/or user interface to meet their own specific product requirements using the Bluetooth v2.1 BlueCore TouchLITE software as a base. BlueLab is a fully integrated development environment for engineers writing software to run on CSR chips and includes all necessary libraries and production firmware for rapid product development and support for new Bluetooth features.

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